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Former MSU football player Josh King arraigned on sex assault charges

Posted: 7:12 AM, Jun 07, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-08 11:22:36-04
Ex-MSU football players expected for arraignment
Ex-MSU football players expected for arraignment
Ex-MSU football players expected for arraignment

UPDATE - 10:00 AM

Former MSU football player Josh King has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a possible life sentence, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a potential sentence of 15 years in prison, and one count of capturing/distributing image of an unclothed person, which has sentence of up to 5 years and/or up to a $5000 fine.

The prosecutor's office requested a $50,000 bond; King's attorney Shannon Smith requested he be given the same $10,000 bond as Corley and Vance received. Smith cited the same arguments the other defendants used, saying King has cooperated with police, submitted his phone with the video evidence, and does not present a flight risk. The judge set King's bond at $25,000 cash or surety.

King is expected to be back in court for a pre-exam conference on June 15 at 1:00 PM and again on June 22, at 9:00 AM for a preliminary exam.

King is not allowed to have any direct/indirect/social media contact with the accuser, and must abide by the terms of an existing personal protection order.

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UPDATE - 9:10 AM

Donnie Corley Jr. was arraigned Wednesday morning in 54-B District Court on one charge of criminal sexual assault. The judge set the bond at $10,000 cash or surety with 10% posted.

The judge also ordered Corley to have no direct, indirect, or social media contact with the accuser, and to continue to abide by the terms of a personal protection order which had already been in place.

He is scheduled to be back in court for his pre-exam conference on June 15, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

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"You see problems, you push through problems,” Coach Mark Dantonio said. “That's always been my way of dealing with things. That's what we'll continue to do. I feel like today is an end point in some respects."

Ousted players Josh King and Donnie Corley are expected to appear in court Wednesday.

The accuser's attorney Karen Truszkowski says it's about time.

“I'm glad things are moving along,” Truszkowski said. “Because the last six months have been very difficult and at least we have some movement now and things are progressing."

Donnie Corley is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, the same as Demetric Vance. Corley's attorney sent a statement saying:

'It's never a good day when a criminal charge is filed against you, but at least Mr. Corley knows what he is facing and can get on with the process of fighting it.’

Josh King is charged with two sexual assault crimes and one count of capturing and distributing an image of an unclothed person.

"I think that speaks for itself that he has some additional charges that the other two men do not have,” Truskowski said. “So I think people can put together whatever they want from that."

King's attorney had no comment. All three players say they're innocent. The accuser's attorney says otherwise.

"This is incredibly painful, difficult terrain to navigate and nobody would want to do that. And she's not making anything up and she's not lying about this," Truszkowski said.

She says the most important thing for the public to remember is not to jump to any conclusions about the players or the alleged victim.

"All four of them are facing a difficult time,” Truskowski said. “And the public at large needs to respect that and not speculate.”